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Clippers confirm Blake Griffin will not participate in 2016 Olympics

After suffering a season-ending quad injury just two weeks prior, the Los Angeles Clippers have officially ruled Blake Griffin out for the 2016 Olympics.

Griffin will not be able to play for Team USA after undergoing a bone marrow procedure in his left quad, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The Clippers forward suffered the injury in the Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on April 25th. It was the same game in which Chris Paul suffered his season-ending hand injury. Following the loss of the team’s two best players, Los Angeles dropped the first-round series in six games to Portland.

Although Griffin remains one of the most dynamic forwards in the entire league, the 2015-16 season was one to forget. The 27-year-old partially tore that same quad toward the end of December and later fractured a hand when he punched a team equipment manager. He would go on to miss over three months of action until making his return in early April

While Griffin will miss Team USA’s quest for a gold medal this summer, he is expected to make a healthy return in time for the start of the 2016-17 season.